After more than two years’ work, Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, says it has become the world’s first company to be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the design and development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) intended for civil type certification.
The company’s existing design organization approval (DOA) for conventional manned aircraft has been extended to cover UAS – a critical step in allowing it to achieve type certification for that class of aircraft, the company says.
The milestone was reached two years after its Atlante UAS became the first UAS to be submitted to EASA for civil certification. According to Airbus, the new EASA recognition lays the groundwork for the civil certification of large UAS in Europe.
“Establishing the UAS category in DOAs will be a key element in the regulatory regime needed to foster UAS development in Europe,” notes Jana Rosenmann, head of UAS for Airbus Defence and Space.